The founders behind Whole Foods, Hint and Virgin Group credit their wellness strategies for the success they have brought them.
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Fatigue is part of the life of many entrepreneurs. Many of us know that our self-induced effort is pushing the personal limits of what our bodies, minds, and spirits are capable of, but despite that awareness it is difficult to face reality. We can know that the pace we are carrying is unsustainable in the long term, but it is easy to think that things will not be like this forever. This level of “acceleration” is necessary for my business to overcome this slump. I can focus on wellness when I am successful and have more time and money . Does that sound familiar to you?
The problem is that this level of intensity can last for years. We believe it is the only way to success because we have no other role models to follow.
I learned this the hard way, and turned things around prioritizing my well-being. After spending two years interviewing successful CEOs and founders, I learned that wellness creates success. I used to think that these business titans were fueled by their intelligence, motivation, and ambition. And while this is a reality, I learned that some of today's best leaders are fed by a core leveraged in their well-being. They know that you can do well and be well at the same time. In fact, based on my interviews with these sources of success, wellness can be harnessed for success in business.
Today, there is a new type of CEO and founder who uses wellness to reach higher levels of potential, and to give their companies more presence and power.
Kara Goldin, founder and CEO of Hint, stopped taking the 8 to 12 Cocas of diet that she used to take daily and discovered that she felt “100 percent more detoxified”, with 25 kilos less in six months and polishing a new business idea Brilliant – A concept for zero calorie flavored water with natural flavors, no sweeteners or preservatives. Hint currently earns more than $ 100 million annually. Goldin credits this change of drink, going from soda to water, for the dramatic change in his personality and in his professional life.
John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods, prioritizes cooking with his wife on the weekends using sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, broccoli, and kombu. He says it takes them 30 minutes to do it and that from there they get 3 or 4 healthy meals for the week.
Time and time again, wellness-focused CEOs and founders mention that they prioritize their health to save time, build success, and empower themselves. Taking these success stories as inspiration we can focus on wellness strategies to uncover our own potential, for ourselves and our businesses.